Knowledge Economy in Brazil: Analysis of Sectoral Concentration and Production by Region

  •  José Antonio de França    
  •  Wilfredo Sosa Sandoval    


The research presented in this article investigates and analyzes the concentration of knowledge production in Brazil, in the context of a public policy, at postgraduate level, by using the spectral methods grounded on the LQ (location quotient) and CI (concentration index) indicators, in three dimensions, from 2013 to 2018. The dimensions are economics, geography, and time. Economics is represented by Fields and Major Fields of knowledge production. Geography corresponds to the regions identified by each Federation unit (FU). Time is a chronological unit of the timeline in which knowledge is produced. The research then evaluates knowledge concentration in the income performance of the families by FU. The results are robust and indicate significant evidence that sectorial knowledge production in Brazil is regionally unequal and impacts on family incomes, but those family incomes evolve regardless of the knowledge concentration level produced. The research contributions are relevant to assist public policy regulators and monitoring managers, as well as to encourage future discoveries in regional economics applications.

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